Coach McCarthy and his team of scouts have signed WR Brock Lutes, OL Visesio Salt Jr. and a pair of defensive linemen in brothers Ofa and Siale Hautau to the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 2017 roster.
Brock Lutes of Bemidji State becomes the third player with ties to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to sign with the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, joining running back Zavier Steward, a Minneapolis native, and former Minnesota State receiver Keyvan Rudd.
Lutes was a highly recruited two-sport star at Newberg (Ore.) High School, excelling on both the football and basketball court. He signing a football letter on intent with Washington State in 2011 before opting for two years of JUCO basketball, one year apiece at Iowa Western Community College (2011-12) and Clackamas Community College (2012-13). After transferring to Bemidji State in 2013, he averaged nearly 18.9 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists over two seasons with the Beavers.
Prior to signing with the Screaming Eagles, Lutes attended rookie camp and tryouts with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.
Offensive lineman Visesio Salt Jr. became the third former University of Utah football player to sign with the Screaming Eagles for 2017, joining cornerback Davion Orphey and offensive lineman Siaosi Aiono. Before arriving at Utah, Salt, known as "Junior", played two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College, where was First-Team All-America Community College selection in 2011 and All-California honoree in both 2010 and 2011.
After redshirting with the Utes in 2012, he played in 24 of 25 games over the next two seasons, including 20 starts, playing over 1,400 snaps in his career. He helped lead Utah to over 190 rushing yards per game and nine wins in 2014.
The first fan-run professional sports FANchise has also agreed to contracts with brothers Ofa and Siale Hautau, both defensive lineman. The pair grew up in Salt Lake City, starring Skyline High School before attending Snow College from 2011-12.
A year later, Siale, a 6-foot-1, 345-pound tackle, departed for Oregon State, where he played two seasons (2013-14), recording 19 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Meanwhile, Ofa went to Oklahoma State, making 37 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder (No. 98 in video below) helped the Cowboys win 10 games and earn a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2013.